The Frozen City
Cosmology and Religion
Two moons hang in the night sky, when the sky can be seen which is rare these days. Lunas is a large bluish-white orb, while Rogue is the smaller, more erratic satellite. Most people are well aware that the world is round and that the moons orbit around it, while the world circles the sun. (They do not, however, have any concept that the stars are suns or that other worlds might circle about them—but then, who’s to say that’s true?)
Learned folk know the world is made up of matter and energy (the essence of both of which can be expressed as air, earth, fire, water, and ether) and that matter is made of particles smaller than a person can see. Magnetism, lighter-than-air gases, and other basic aspects of science are not unknown, either. Advanced Alchemic devices like steam engines and fire arms are not uncommon within the city.
Most people know that the Ethereal Plane (called the “Ethereal Sea”) is a metaphysical place that shares the same space with the world but remains apart from it or “out of phase.” The Elemental Planes are conceptual places based around the fundamental building blocks of matter and energy as well as the source of etheric energy of Ethertech devices. The Heavens, the Celestial Realm—the place of ultimate goodness where angelic beings rule and good people go when they die. Most do not believe this to be the realm of the gods, however—the gods dwell in secret places within the world or high in the sky.
The Heavens’ opposite, the Hells (or just Hell), exists in a similar metaphysical state. They are a place of demons, where the evil go when they die to face eternal torment (or get their deserved reward, according to some). Plenty of evil gods and demons live right in the world, however, hiding in the shadows.
You will find no references in myths or legends, let alone in history, to people traveling to these realms beyond (except perhaps the Ethereal Sea). However, demons and angels do live in the world, clearly having come here from beyond. That such mystic places as the Heavens and Hells exist is beyond question.
Religion within the city primarily means the Church of Lothian, though there are others a handful of other beliefs none holds a candle to their followers or power. Largest of the “others” are The Elder Gods, followed by the Chaos Lords and in a distant third the individual Forgotten gods.